BETTE RIDGEWAY

Bette Ridgeway’s recent awards include the 2024 Leonardo daVinci International Prize, the 2024 Sandro Botticelli International Prize, the 2023 Michelangelo International Prize, the Caravaggio International Prize 2022, the Michelangelo International ...Read more...

Prize 2021 and “Top 60 Contemporary Masters 2017” by Art Tour International Magazine. In addition, Ridgeway won the Oxford University Alumni Prize at the “Art of the Mind” exhibition at the Chianciano Art Museum in Tuscany, Italy in 2012. Bette Ridgeway has been published in noteworthy art journals and catalogues such as Contemporary Art Curator Magazine, Monk Magazine, UK, Unique Homes Magazine, LandEscape Art Review Special Edition, London, UK; and the inaugural edition of the London Art Biennale 2013, London, UK.  

Celebrated for her large-scale, luminous poured canvases, Bette Ridgeway has devoted five decades to developing her unusual pouring technique, garnering international recognition in the process. Born in Tupper Lake, a small village in the Adirondack Mountains in New York, Ridgeway has traveled the globe - studying, painting, teaching and exhibiting her work while simultaneously immersing herself in the customs and colors of diverse cultures of Africa, Australia, Europe, Asia, Mexico and South America. Bette Ridgeway studied and taught painting during lengthy stays in Antananarivo, Madagascar; Canberra, Australia; and Santiago, Chile.

Her mentor Paul Jenkins (1923-2012), the acclaimed Abstract Expressionist, encouraged Ridegway in 1979 to work large, eliminate subject matter and focus on color, space and time. Ridgeway followed his advice and has developed and refined her signature technique. “Color is my subject and my muse,” says Ridgeway. Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico since the mid-1990s, Ridgeway is represented by numerous galleries and has been shown in over 80 gallery and museum exhibitions internationally, including a concomitant juried exhibition at the 58th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy. Her work is included in many public and private collections.

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